It’s been a massive week for news in Iceland. WOW Air has dominated headlines with the shock of their collapse but it doesn’t mean that nothing else has been happening in the country. From earthquakes in the north to a measles outbreak, to a fab drag duo coming to visit, here is the possibly overlooked news from this week.
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Measles be gone
Iceland’s Chief Epidemiologist now believes a recent measles outbreak is under control.
The outbreak was brought to the country by a man who had been visiting the Philippines. The infection within the country was traced to a domestic flight the man took from Reykjavík to Egilsstaðir in the east.
The centre for disease control has been praised for their handling of the situation. Very soon after measles was discovered, quarantine procedures and community vaccinations were put in place to stop the transmission of the disease which can be fatal to those with compromised immune systems.
The number of people who were infected is actually quite small. Of the seven who contracted the disease, three only suffered from mild measles.
The man who brought measles into the country believed he had been given both childhood vaccinations against it. It was later discovered he had only received the infant immunisation but not the booster, normally given at the age of 12.
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Drag queens are still coming
Despite the collapse of WOW Air, RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni Monet X Change and Naomi Smalls are still coming to Iceland.
The two drag queens received a trip to Iceland courtesy of Pink Iceland, Hilton Canopy Reykjavík, Drag Súgur, Omnom Chocolate and WOW Air, during a challenge of the last season for RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.
Managing director of Pink Iceland, Eva María Þórarinsdóttir Lange, told Icelandic news outlet Fréttablaðið that although WOW will not be able to provide flights, the drag queens will still be coming to Iceland.
She said that Pink Iceland stand behind their promise and will pay for new flights with a different airline to ensure the package is fulfilled.
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Tremors in the north
Northern parts of Iceland experienced a large number of earthquakes this week. An area southwest of Kópasker experienced quakes that measured 4.2 and 3.3 in size. Other areas like Kelduhverfi and Öxafjörður also experienced tremors.
In a week-long period over 900 earthquakes were measured in northern Iceland. This kind of activity isn’t uncommon here. Iceland is a hotbed of geothermal activity and there are earthquakes almost every day, but most of them are so small they are not felt.
Sigur Rós tax fraud
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Four members of the Icelandic band Sigur Rós were charged with tax fraud this week.
Georg Hólm, Kjartan Sveinsson, Orri Páll Dýrason and Jón Þór (Jónsi) Birgisson were all formally charged with not accurately reporting income or dividends.
Tax evasion charges were initially filed against the band members last year but were later dropped. These new charges will see the band facing court although a date has not been set.
Sigur Rós is one of the most internationally successful Icelandic bands. Their music has often been featured in films for example, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Vanilla Sky.
A surplus of men
New population figures from Statistics Iceland revealed there are currently more men than women living in the country.
At the start of 2019, about 8,700 more men were residing in Iceland than women. The trend of more men than women isn’t new, but the difference in number is increasing.
Between the years 2000 and 2005 men outnumbered women only by a few hundred. By 2008 this number jumped to 6,300.
Since 2015 the amount of men outnumbering women has continued to grow exponentially. It’s believed an influx of foreign men is the reason for this and not a change in birth ratios.
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